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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, February 19, 2010
DE Catholic bishop changes mind re predators; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
We’re grateful this agreement has been reached and hope it speeds up the day when these brave Delaware victims will get justice, and betrayed Delaware Catholics will learn the truth about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
This proposal should have never happened. It's depressing that Catholic officials seem to look out first for their abusive colleagues, instead of their suffering parishioners.
Even child molesters shouldn't be homeless or hungry. But it's sad that the Delaware bishop's priority is evidently taking care of proven predators before wounded victims. We hope he'll put forward a plan to guarantee therapy for victims first, even ahead of pensions for pedophiles.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747)
Diocese withdraws motion on benefits
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has withdrawn a motion in bankruptcy court for permission to pay retirement benefits to six pedophile priests.
The diocese said in a court filing Thursday that it has reached an agreement with unsecured creditors and abuse survivors who opposed the motion, ending the need for a hearing next week.
The diocese had said it was obligated to care for retired clergy, including priests dismissed from public ministry and facing defrocking. It sought permission to pay pension, housing and medical costs for six confirmed child abusers and one accused abuser.
The agreement bars payments to the six confirmed abusers but allows pension and medical benefits for the Rev. James Richardson. The diocese has said it was unable to substantiate the abuse allegations against Richardson.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests